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down. little things like we were a traveling team for the south bay. i was able to use my boss's van and we would like to thank everyone for helping us so much in the competition. thank you. [ applause ] . >> all right. now we take a quick look at this month in parks and as much as we love our young athletes, back to school.
involved with it. that program is very popular as well. this month in parks, the san francisco alliance is a terrific event that goes towards helping fund our scholarship program. this time san francisco was able to open up the athletic fields. this began in partnership with the city field foundation. our gracious partners that opened up many fields throughout san francisco. community garden day was a great success. the role that we play in san francisco is to get people active to help with their mental and health through arts and programs and sports or just getting people out to play in direct activities.
>> thank you. bob. and that concludes the general manager's report. [ applause ] >> we are on item 4. general public comment. at this time members of the public may address the commission on items of interest that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission and that do not appear on the agenda. >> why don't we give these kids a chance to exit. >> good morning. thank you so much for all the
information you gave about the friends of camp mather in collaboration of the party. most of my script is gone. what a n i am here to do today is to invite the commissioners and general manager ginsberg to be our guest this saturday. if you are thinking of coming, please do. it's going to be a lovely party and will raise more awareness about fire safety and the heroic efforts that people put into saving the camp. i also want to thank the commission and the department so much for your aid in putting this event on. this is never easy and there is a lot of work to put on this gala. it's going to be more than t-shirts and there is a lot of details and we thank the commission for the generous offer to let the
commissioner's cabin to be available for one 1 week and other things the staff at the park have made available to us to be able to do this for the camp. most of all we are here to celebrate 90 wonderful amazing years of camp and on wards to the 90s. thank you so much. >> is there any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. we are on no. 5, the consent calendar. >> any public comment on item 5, the consent calendar? hearing none, can we get a motion. >> second. >> all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> so moved.
>> we are onto item 6, general calendar. >> hello, i'm the vp of cobbs -- conservation and education at the san francisco zoo. i'm delighted to be here and tell you about some of the exciting stuff that is going on. first up is a little report on last month. as you can see it's been another great month. the weather and of course some exciting birds and traveling exhibits to san francisco. what we are looking at is the september's status of our animal collection. can you see that pretty good? is it on your screen? this is a really good opportunity to learn some new words for your
scrabble. as you look at some of these words you are going to be going, what is that? i'm excited to say we have a kamoto dragon. it's a great animal and tells about the evolution as snakes evolve from lizards. i want to show you what a traga pan is. it's an if i like animal. the aracari, and an oraped,
bongos, they are an amazing species, antelope with strikes stripes and beautiful. gaunaco from south america and panda display. if you haven't come to see these exhibits at the zoo, you are missing something. if you look at our animal census you will notice we have 1744 specimens. that's individual animals. and i want the draw your attention to invertebrates. that's without counting the social insects. the social insects are bees, termites and ants. we have the greatest colonies
of the united states. if you add all of those social in sections we are around 60, 832. the 832 are the spiders and scorpions and at all other invent invertebrates in this planet. you are probably wondering what are we doing with research animals. these are part of our capture and release program. we are working with the federal government on helping solve this really incredible prop. -- problem. you know amphibians are going down with dinosaurs and we are working with local scientist and federal government. we are immunizing these frogs
and releasing them back to the wild. last month we released 44 frogs in the sierras that haven't seen frogs for years. amphibians are going down as fast as dinosaurs. we have a great couple events coming up. red panda day. a national celebration. we wanted to bring the red panda to people's attention and highlight this beautiful creature. if you haven't seen the red panda, you are missing something. this is the talk of the palm oil and disappearance of forest in asia. we are celebrating world rhino day.
they are going down as fast as elephants. we have five of the species at the san francisco zoo. it's all for the same reason, for illegal trad of their horn. we want to bring the part of the rhino and can ouple it with theel vanity. elephant. to stop the killing. to highlight that day we have a great lecture coming to san francisco zoo. we have o'brien and inspector ann marie law enforcement at the federal and state level and they will come and tell you how this stop the trade of illegal animal products. they tell incredible stories. so if you've never heard how they do it, please come out to the san francisco zoo this sunday at
1:00 and hear these amazing people and hear what they do to help stop that trade. here we go. another exciting event coming up not this weekend but the following weekend. in celebration of our flamingos. we have three new flamingo chics, they are white. if you wear pink you get one $1 off admission. we haven't had flamingo chicks for a number of years. finally we have another traveling exhibit in october called nature connects. giant images made out of leggos. most are garden related. the intent is to emphasize gardens and the san francisco zoo is an amazing garden. if you haven't come and seen
the efforts to promote gardens and plants, how can you talk about wild without plants? this is the importance of plants on this planet. the most exciting thing that's happening next tuesday we have the official ground breaking of our new tropic building. it's going to take close to a year to build. hopefully it will be opening next summer, but many of those an mams -- animals that were hard to spell and pronounce are going into this tropical building. that ends my report and thank you for all you do. >> thank you very much. >> is there any public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. we are on item 8. palace of fine arts request for concept proposals.
>> good morning commissioners, mr. president, mr. general manager. i'm cassandra cost elo from the property management. i'm proud to bring you the draft of the proposal of fine arts. so just a bit of background. the palace is a long-term tenant. the longest is the theatre. i was here two 2 months ago to present the terms and conditions for lease agreement for the innovation hangar. both leases will expire in march of 2016. innovation hangar is in the space to hell help us celebrate the
event. so looking forward for a long-term tenant for the space, we are proposing a two phase bidding process. first is a question for concept proposal to provide a little bit of a lower barrier entry way. oftentimes we hear from prospective bidders that they are anxious to participate because they are in a higher level. it's to get the commission to consider and get the public to weigh on and this gives us a broad view of high level concepts. this is an invite only process and we'll have a selection panel to recommend the highest scoring
proposals from the request for concept proposals. they will be invited to participate in the long-term rfp. it will ask for a higher level detail plan and financial information and details about the proposed operation and management plan. as i presented before we have a really fantastic team of folks helping with this process. jan brooks from the foundation has been such an incredible partner and responsible for the $21 million renovation of the rotundum completed in 2011. they have been a great asset and they also funded some of the help from our partners, including mark italian from the architecture firm.
this has been really helpful in talking to potential bidders. it's part of the concept so folks can get an idea with the challenges and features of the building. we are also working with lynn said way of consulting and i'm talk more about that in a moment. we have some key terms as part of this opportunity. one is restoring the palace of fine arts and we want to make sure this is around for another hundred years. we need a viable tenant. there is an amount of infrastructure which is required which i will talk about. we want a tenant that the compliment the existing amenities in the surrounding area and enhance the park. we are looking for public access to the space and what will continually engage the public for a term.
we are interested in a central entry way concept. bernard may back, the architect of the building envisioned a connection between a lag oon and the rotundum. we are interested in proposals that include restoring and retaining and operating the palace fine arts theatre by the theatre group. we have two mandatory requirements, one that it must be a recreational purpose. that will be up to the commission to interpret. the commission in the past has interpreted restaurant uses, museum type uses and theatre use among many other interpretations. the new tenant must be able to finance the required structural improvements to the building.
those required improvements range from about $8-15 million the reason for the large discrepancy is there are some recommended improvements as part of the study. the billion -- building was seismically retrofitted. depend og on the use, they may want to put those infrastructure in, if you touch the wall, you trigger seismic code update. that's the reason why we have this large discrepancy in the number. the improvements that require electrical, mechanical, and plumbing and improvement as well. those are detailed in the report. so, i have some images here that sort of show the central entry way flow that i talked about.
this is may beck vision. this is a sketch done by ehcd. we would really love to keep that atrium open for public access if possible. this is a rendering that we asked acd to do for us to show the connectivity between the rotundum and palace which you will see in the skylights. this is an exciting opportunity and this doesn't include those investment nags i talked -- figures that i talked about. this is the space that was original skylights and other uses have put material over the skylights to control the lighting environment. this is a really interesting study to show that you can open portions of them to open up the building and control not only light but
also heat. >> so because we are talking about the balance of fine arts. this building is very unique and historic and very well loved by the public. it's an important piece of history to the city when you talk about the rebirth of san francisco after the earthquake. this is still a very tangible piece of that history. we want to really engage the public as much as possible. and in 2012 we had two public meetings to solicit information from the public to discuss what they want in this space. that information was implemented in this document and included in the criteria. we assembled a really incredible group of people to give us some input on
sdurd -- desired uses and the priority for the space. the feedback has also been incorporated to the concept proposals. we presented the terms and conditions to the public, late august, august 28th. so again, this advisory committee was really incredible wealth of information that they provided for us. before we engage them we provided them with the historic information about the building, historical uses and the conditions assessment report. we had a presentation for an ehdc and then went into discussion. i won't talk about every single advisory committee member but this slide gives a real idea of the kind of talent that we had on this committee, the broad representation that they each brought to the table, but we had
community groups, merchant groups, folks from sf travel and chamber and information from the supervisors as well as our commissioner low. the advisory committee offered some fairly high level categories of use that they would like to see in this space. a museum type use, educational use, sports facility possibly performing art space and exhibition space, a venue or merchant retail space as possible use. i talked about some desired outcomes that the committee wanted to see as part of this opportunity. they want to see that the building offers a portion of the building to be open to the public. includes strategies to parking and traffic. this is in the middle of a residential neighborhood. so parking and traffic
impacts are real to the area and the local neighborhoods. we definitely want to consider that. they want to contain a performing arts space and possibly utilize green building practices and making sure this is compatible with the adjacent outdoor space and reflecting cohesive use in the area with independence. i came from the preacid i don't presidio meeting this morning and talked about the high level architectural plans and how that pans out with the fine arts and what that space will look like in a decade and two 2 decades. it's family-friendly. we had the exploratoria there for the city. it was a tradition or a
desired quality of the space for a long-term tenant. celebrates the history of the building and the work of bernard may beck and options for food and dining. we also had a similar practice as i mentioned with the public. we received input from them as to the process. a lot of the uses is very similar to what the advisory committee suggests affordable community space, used targeted for children and families, museum for san francisco, museum for the wine industry, museum for the pipe organ, studio space for artist, general educational uses, possible living roof concepts and cultural uses and art faction and interpretation from the ppie.
we do propose a very robust marketing strategy as part of this opportunity. we want to make sure as many entities as possible get exposure to this. we don't want to only reach out to those that have interest in this opportunity but reaching out to the types of uses from the public and the advisory committee. we'll do the normal posting on our website, the city's contracting website and office of small business. we'll sent to commercial real estate company and also working with our press team on some good proactive hopefully national coverage so this is larger than just a san francisco issue. so today you are asked to consider the draft of the question for concept proposals and to authorize the general manager to issue their request for concept proposals. we are still finalizing some details from the attorney asking for
additional financial information and because we are asking for a large investment in this sight is -- site we are asking for an entity that has that final capability. we are actually going to post all of the opportunities that we receive on our website, all the responses, we are working with it folks for creating a venue for folks to comment. for folks who can't come to a public meeting, they can comment on our website. we will also once we have some responses for the request for concept proposals we'll come here to introduce them as informational item and come to you for our normal selection process when we have a recommendation and get the authorization and get a full blown proposal which i will probably present at the same time. once we have those responses
for the rfp we also anticipate posting thoechlts and -- those. i won't go through all the steps because they are steps that you are very familiar with. tht require approval by the board of supervisors and engaging in community level and to consider the lease. it will trigger the thresholds to go through the board of supervisors and preservationist and others. that concludes my presentation and happy to answer any questions about the process, thank you so much. >> thank you. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> commissioner lowe? i do want to say, a request
for concept proposal, the staff did a great job of creating what was a culmination of two very detailed committee meetings, advisory committee meeting and captured all of those concepts and learning in a past project of this area, i want to make sure we reach out to those communities and neighborhood groups who have raised concerns on past park projects. >> absolutely commissioner, low. i have a pretty robust kind of community outreach list. i have kept them in the loop even with the interim tennants i have invited them to the community meetings and commission meetings and i have invited them to hear presentations similar to what i gave you today late last month. we'll continue to engage those groups with recommendations from supe